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Mick Avory (Drums, vocals on Dedicated Follower Of Fashion)
For most fans Mick Avory is the definitive Kinks drummer. He joined The Kinks (at that time still known as The Ravens) in January 1964 and remained with the band through to July 1984.
The first hit album to feature his drumming was Kinda Kinks although his most brilliant moments would come on the albums Village Green Preservation Society and Arthur. His last recorded performance was on Word of Mouth, where he was featured on three tracks.
Since leaving The Kinks, Mick has been a member of Shut Up Frank (featuring Dave Clarke, Noel Redding, Jim Leverton, Richard Simmons and Dave Rowberry). Two five-track CDs, one vinyl LP and one live CD from the Cheltenham Racetrack came out on Mouse Records. And there were tours of Sweden, Norway and New Zealand.
Mick also played with The Class of 64 (with Chip Hawkes and Eric Haydock), The 60s Allstars, Brian Knight, Legends Of The Sixties and, has been a permanent feature of the Kast Off Kinks for the last 20 years.
Ian Gibbons (Keyboards, vocals)
Ian started on accordion at age 9, playing in the school band and solo at music festivals, competitions and charity events. At the age of 14, he started a school rock band, playing guitar and singing. He changed to organ after leaving school and played in local and resident bands until 1972 when he joined Moonstone, who released three singles. Life followed, and released an album for Polydor. Ian worked with Love Affair, The Nashville Teens and various cover bands.
Punk and New Wave came along, so haircut, skinny jeans and ties were in. Ian worked with Tonight and The Records and recorded for Phoenix and other rock-based and New Wave bands until an audition for The Kinks in 1979. He was asked to join, and stayed with them until 1989, whilst also working with Dr Feelgood, The Kursaal Flyers, Blues ’n Trouble, Ken Hensley, Mike Vernon, Samson, Randy California and others, mainly recording.
Ian worked with Roger Chapman, The Sweet, Suzi Quatro, Ian Hunter from 1989 onwards and returned to The Kinks in 1993. He has continued to record and perform with the aforementioned Roger Chapman and Ian Hunter along with Chris Farlowe, Maggie Bell, Andy Scott, The Chicago Blues Brothers and recently on Ray Davies’ choir and other projects.
In 2008, Ian became a member of the Kast Off Kinks.
Dave Clarke (Lead guitar, lead vocals)
Dave started playing piano at four and guitar at nine. His first record in 1963 (at the age of 15) was produced by Luigi Creatore at New York’s Roulette Records. Often confused with his Dave Clark Five namesake, his 1971 solo album Pale Horse saw him temporarily renamed as Dave Carlsen. The album featured Keith Moon and Noel Redding. He also auditioned for David Bowie at the Lyceum in 1971 but didn’t go on the US Ziggy Stardust Tour.
Dave formed The Noel Redding Band with Noel, Les Sampson and Eric Bell – after false starts with Pete Kircher, Micky Gee and Mick Taylor. They recorded two singles and two albums on RCA and did four major US tours. Another album was eventually released later on Dave’s own Mouse Record label. He then formed White Line with Jimmy McCulloch and his brother Jack, and recorded two singles and one album. Dave met Carl Wilson and Bruce Johnson in London in 1977 and went to California on the Beach Boys payroll. He formed a band in Los Angeles with members of Spirit, JoJo Gunne and The Undisputed Truth – all Dave’s songs, some of which were later released on his second solo album under the name The Dream Machine. Jimmy McCulloch instigated another new LA band featuring Jim, Dave, Carl Wilson and Terry Kath (Chicago). Sadly Terry died and so, prematurely, did the band. Songwriter throughout for Southern Music, ATV Music, Screen Gems and Heath-Levy.
Dave joined the Royal Navy in 1979 and after active service in the Falklands War and elsewhere, retired as Commander in 1992, set up Mouse Records and formed Shut Up Frank (see Mick Avory). He collaborated on and off with Tim Rose from 1974 until Tim’s death in 2002 including shows in Ireland and England and three albums. Dave has been a member of the Kast Off Kinks for 20 years.
John ‘Nobby’ Dalton (Bass, vocals)
In 1959, Nobby joined Danny King and The Bluejacks as bass guitarist. He played alongside Norman Mitham who had just left Cliff Richard’s first band, recording Say Mama and Vince Taylor’s rockabilly Brand New Cadillac’ In 1962, John left to become a founder member of Mark Four along with Mick ’Spud’ Thompson, Eddie Phillips, Jack Jones and Kenny Pickett. Mark Four quickly became one of the most popular live bands in North London and shared billing with other London based groups such as The High Numbers (later to become The Who), Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, and even sharing a stage with Little Eva.
In June 1966, John was asked to substitute for The Kinks’ bass guitarist, Pete Quaife, who had broken his leg in a car accident. Dalton auditioned as a temporary replacement on 9 June 1966. That same evening he appeared with the band on BBC Television’s pop music flagship, Top of the Pops. His first live appearance with the Kinks was two days later at The Plaza, King’s Heath, Birmingham, giving him no time for rehearsals. This was quickly followed by a tour to Norway and Spain. The first recording sessions he took part in with the Kinks were on 26 June 1966 at Pye Studios, London for Little Miss Queen Of Darkness.
John also played bass on Dead End Street. By the end of the year Pete Quaife had come back, and Nobby returned to his job as a coalman.
He replaced Pete Quaife again in 1969, this time as the Kinks’ permanent bassist. His first recording session in his second tenure with the group was in May 1969 at Pye Studio #2 (Drivin’ and Mindless Child Of Motherhood). Nobby spent most of June recording the Arthur album. He started his first American Tour on 17 October at The Fillmore East, New York. The tour lasted nine weeks and included such venues as The Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles and Fillmore West in San Francisco. He continued to play with the Kinks throughout the remainder of 1969 and into the 1970s and appeared playing bass on such notable songs as Victoria, Lola, Apeman, Celluloid Heroes, and Supersonic Rocketship. John also sang lead vocals on Willesden Green from the soundtrack of the movie Percy.
John left the Kinks in 1976. In the mid 1990s, he founded the Kast Off Kinks, with Mick Avory, John Gosling and Dave Clark and continued with them, as bassist and frontman until retiring in 2008. From 2003 until 2008, Nobby also played with the rock and roll band 5% Volume, alongside Kevin Leak, Wol Webster and Tony ‘Bones’ Pallett.
John was persuaded out of retirement to cover when Jim became regularly unavailable.